Jon Berndt in Rocky Mountain National Park near Sheep Lakes,  August 2017. Photo by Juliette Taquet.

Jon Berndt in Rocky Mountain National Park near Sheep Lakes,  August 2017. Photo by Juliette Taquet.

Jon Berndt

Jon became interested in photography in his teens, using a Kodak Instamatic camera. In high school he took classes, set up a darkroom in his basement, and photographed concerts for a Twin Cities student newspaper. Since those early times, he has enjoyed photographing subjects ranging from landscapes to airshows, and from portraits to rock concerts.

Fast forward to 2011 when Jon moved to Colorado, and began exploring the wide variety of photographic opportunities presented by the Rocky Mountains. In 2014 Jon began showing his work at The Walnut Gallery in Louisville, Colorado. "I've always enjoyed the outdoors, and have spent some time in the past few years hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains – which features a limitless source of beautiful images. I have been especially drawn to focus on capturing landscapes in and around the Indian Peaks Wilderness and in Yellowstone National Park. Sometimes while out and about in these places I’ll stumble upon a unique scene, but other times it is on the second or third visit to a place that I will start to get some ideas of what I’d like to capture – I can start to see the photograph. I enjoy making dramatic photographs that draw me into them, and conveying to others not just the way a scene looked, but the way it felt to be there.